Making A Stand For The Belt Sander Workshop Projects
Having just finished my new belt / disk sander, I needed a place to put it so that it will be convenient to use. My intention from the start was to have this on its own mobile stand that had built in dust collection. However, given the small footprint of the tool, I decided that it would be better to use the stand for storage and use the existing local dust collector that works with my spindle sander. That would ultimately be more efficient and also reduce the build complexity.
There’s not much to the stand and the dimensions are in the disk / belt sander plans, basically just a rectangular box with wheels. The wheels are from an old office chair:
I drilled the right size hole in the legs and also used a fender washer to help keep the wheel from coming loose or digging deeper into the wood. The build video shows this in better detail:
My original plan for the stand has two drawers in the bottom, but I figured I would never use them and saved myself the time and work to build them. But with the sander on top, the stand will be more top-heavy, so it needs something in the bottom for ballast to keep it stable. I used an old skilsaw – an all-metal one that is roughly three times heavier than its modern equivalent:
They don’t make them like they used to, but occasionally that’s a good thing. The saw still works, by the way.
With the bottom compartment closed, I have the space above with one fixed shelf that I cut short, to leave space to hang belts on the back of the door:
The base of the sander acts as the top for the stand and is sized for that.
Speaking of the door, I added a thin strip of wood to the inside on the hinge side:
This is there to support the leaf of the hinge.
The hinges are ones that I already had and probably not the best choice. I like to use what I have on hand and make that work, rather than waste an hour to go get the better ones. At the end of the day, the door works the same.
With the door installed, I fastened the sander using just screws from the top:
Again, it’s a practical consideration – this way is easy and secure.
Nothing fancy for the handle, either, just a finger groove cut in the edge with the router:
The door is held closed by a magnetic catch.
Here’s the typical way the sander will be used: roll it out, plug it in and connect the dust collection hose:
The casters don’t lock, but I find it easy to just push the stand up against the spindle sander cart with my foot to keep it from rolling while using it.
Added a simple arrangement of wooden blocks on the inside of the door to hang two (or more) belts:
And the inside holds more belts weighed down with a piece of plywood to keep them from curling up. The peel and stick 5″ disks are in there as well, along with my newer block sander and the mesh disks that go on that:
And here’s where it normally will be, right beside the spindle sander at the end of my miter saw station:
Plans for this stand are included in the belt / disk sander plans if you are interested in building this for yourself.
I made a video going through the build details: